Mark Diacono

Mark Diacono


Mark is one of the country’s foremost food writers, known for his original take on all things edible. His A Year at Otter Farm, published in 2014, won the Andre Simon Food Book of the Year; A Taste of the Unexpected won the Guild of Food Writers Food Book of the Year 2011; and The New Kitchen Garden was published this spring. Mark has also written three River Cottage Handbooks, and is one of the authors of the forthcoming River Cottage Bible. He has won numerous Garden Media Guild awards for his writing and photography.

His unique smallholding, Otter Farm, is home to orchards of – among many other things – pecans, peaches, almonds, Szechuan pepper, apricots, a vineyard and the most delicious varieties of vegetables and herbs.  His idea is not only pioneering, it is also beautifully sustainable – taking advantage of climate change to grow low carbon food helps arrest its acceleration. It also means he’s lucky enough to spend most of his time eating, growing, writing and talking about food. Mark has now established his gardening and cookery school at Otter Farm, as well as running the blog relating all its daily joys.

He writes regular features for the Daily Telegraph, occasionally for the Observer, the Guardian and a host of other publications, and has a monthly column in The Simple Things. Mark’s award-winning Otter Farm blog has run for 10 years, has many thousands of followers.

Mark also led the Garden Team at River Cottage, appearing in the TV series, running courses and events at River Cottage HQ. He is one of the authors of the widely popular River Cottage series, of which the most recent is River Cottage A-Z: Our Favourite Ingredients and How to Cook Thempublished in September 2016.

Mark Diacono @MarkDiacono

Anyone can declare a Climate Emergency @ealingcouncil. Meaningless when you a) are the only relevant council supporting a 3rd runway at Heathrow and b) are still gifting 61 acres of Warren Farm to a private company.

We've reviewed @MarkDiacono's new book Sour - and it'll make your tongue tingle!

A beautiful sourdough loaf. After a couple of months often away from home promoting SOUR, my starter was feeling unloved. A small, finely grated organic apple stirred in coaxed it round and after a few days of…

I’m launching a programme of one-to-one online gardening help – A year of garden coaching. Because sometimes a little extra guidance and encouragement is just what's needed, in the garden as elsewhere!

Warming autumn recipes from the garden up on our blog. A quick an easy one to cook. Find out more on our website

Have you booked a table for our curry night? This Wednesday,
Poppadoms and pakoras for starter, choice of three curry’s, finished off with Keer, nutty spiced rice pudding 😋
Book a table through our website with Open table

I'm not entirely convinced that they have the correct image for the Prince Andrew doc on the online sky tv guide

This Weds I am involved in this at @TPGallery - Feeding the Country: What’s Wrong with How We Eat? Please come along if you can

going live now .... tune in! @BBC6Music

This advert is here illegally, blocking the light from people's homes. The people responsible, @blowUPmediaUK, aren't inclined to remove it. Perhaps they need some encouragement?

OMG, 3 pages of #Leaf in @TelegraphFood food today! Please take a look - it might even tempt you into the odd Christmas present purchase....